Photos by Krystal Ramirez
As our luck would have it, the city’s best dim sum spot just got better. Locals favorite Ping Pang Pong, inside the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino (goldcoastcasino.com), relocated to a larger space. The room debuted in July to great fanfare, complete with a lion dance and a drum ceremony. The always bustling kitchen is now able to accommodate more diners, offering dim sum selections such as har gow, cha siu bao, chicken feet and pork dumplings—more than 80 in all, served in pushcarts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. In addition to the regular lineup, there’s a rotation of favorites such as an aromatic duck bun and a mango lobster scallop roll. But for our money, we go straight for the Tai Pan Australian Lobster (pictured)—sweet, tender chunks served artfully with the shell. Sure, it’s not for folks who don’t like their food staring back at them, but for crustacean lovers, it’s as authentic Chinese as we’re going to get in our mainland.